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The Howard G. Buffett Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Madison announce student agriculture competition nationwide

By Chris Meyer, Program Coordinator, Agricultural Innovation Prize

With over $215,000 in prize money, the newly formed Agricultural Innovation Prize: Powered by 40 Chances seeks student innovations that will improve the national food system. This student-led, student-focused competition established by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in collaboration with USDA and funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation is open to any student at a U.S. institution of higher education.

Organizers of the competition hope to see new approaches to the age-old challenge of how to feed more people with dwindling resources. An initial submissions of two pages and 10 slides are due online by Feb. 28, 2014 through http://agprize.com After the first elimination round, the top 25 teams will be announced and move on to the final round hosted in Madison, Wis., April 25, 2014. On April 26, 2014, the top 25 teams will be reduced to the top five teams, four of which will receive $25,000 in prize money with a grand prize winner taking home $100,000 to launch their idea.

Students who would like to help but aren’t interested in competing are invited to serve as on-campus ambassadors. These ambassadors will receive $1,000 stipends to assist in raising local awareness of the contest opportunity. The competition is also seeking professionals to serve as mentors to the top 25 teams and judges in the competition. Please visit http://agprize.com for more information on the submission requirements, ambassador positions and various roles that professionals can play in helping students participate in the competition.

Additional Information:

Agricultural Innovation Prize — http://agprize.com

Howard G Buffett Foundation — http://www.thehowardgbuffettfoundation.org/

University of Wisconsin-Madison — http://wisc.edu

40 Chances — http://40chances.com/